What is it that creates a home when home is continuously changing? It is the sense of comfort, the material safety of being surrounded by the things and people who provide continuity from one place to another. In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, she remarks that “it was nice to be living in a …
August marked the one year anniversary of our move from Germany to Italy. The first year was a good year, but it was not a great year. I frequently found myself feeling lost, overwhelmed, and incompetent. I should really read my own blog more. It wasn’t until someone left a comment on a post I …
October 2, 2015
One of my favorite places to call home in the States was the beautiful state of Colorado!
Key West was an unusual place to call home, but the scenery was lovely!
The obertör standing at the entrance to the city center of our hometown in Baden Würtemberg made for a stunning entrance to town.
Our Bavarian hometown was even more quaint with the castle overlooking it.
What a magical journey we have been blessed with!
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” C. S. Lewis
Change. So much is held in this one small word. One word that can simultaneously represent fear, excitement, anxiety, anticipation, dread, happiness, sadness, gain, and loss. They are found in each passing year, season, day, each moment. Some slip quietly by, unnoticed. Others immediately alter your world. Change is a challenge, change is an opportunity. It is an inevitability that is always just around the next corner. This week, the them of the WordPress photo challenge is Change. I thought for this challenge I would share just a few pictures from a handful of the places I’ve called home over the years. Home, a constant for many, is an ever-changing entity for my family. For us, change is all of those emotions, and more. Change is home.
You can see more Change here.
Have you ever had that trip? You know, the one where everything that could go wrong did? That was our recent trip to Frankfurt am Main. It actually started several months earlier, when we were applying for new passports. These are, by the way, our third set of officially issued passports – simultaneously held, and no, …
It was five long summers ago when we left the comfortable familiarity of the US for unknown adventures of life in Europe. We didn’t know what to expect, how could we? We stepped out of the airport in Stuttgart, and suddenly everything was different. Three summers later we exchanged our address in Baden Württemberg for …
I am preparing for my 21st move. Since graduating high school, I have changed my address 20 times, for durations ranging from 3 months to three years. For reasons ranging from school, to work, to deployments, to marriage, I have packed up my belongings, changed addresses and started a new life. In just three short …
May 8, 2015
The photo challenge this week at WordPress takes a look at what Intricate means.
As you may know from earlier posts, we are moving this summer. Planning a move naturally involves keeping track of multiple details, but when you are planning a move to another country, and working in three languages, planning becomes more Intricate.
This week, instead of choosing an old photo to suit the theme, I thought I would try to take a new photo to capture the essence of what Intricate means to me at this moment in time. It is the intricate balance of old and new. It is standing with one foot in the present and one in the future. It is trying to do all of these things in more than one language. It is the Intricate process of preparing to transition cultures.
Just a few of the piles I’ve accumulated. Reference books, travel guides, culture guides, novels, binders, and dictionaries, all play a part in the planning process
German, Italian, and English, it’s complicated in any language!
Stop by WordPress and learn how others are interpreting the meaning of Intricate.
As you may know, this is our last year in Germany. We’ve been blessed with two consecutive assignments in this beautiful country, but we knew it wouldn’t last forever. We’ve crammed an awful lot of travel, adventure, and experience into five years. We’ve crossed many sites off of our list of places to visit, and we’ve added many, many …
It’s been quite a while since my last post. I was absent from the blog due to an unexpected death in the family. New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings – Lao Tzu Life is full of beginnings and endings. Some years, there are too many to fathom. My brother’s untimely passing marked the end of …